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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Police in Puerto Rico say an underwater military explosive has been found near a popular beach in the island of Culebra.

Capt. Rafael Romero told the newspaper El Nuevo Dia on Thursday that the explosive was found about 40 feet (12 meters) from a well-known campground in Flamenco Beach. The finding comes just days before hundreds of tourists and Puerto Ricans visit the tiny island for Holy Week.

Romero said the U.S. military will detonate the explosive in upcoming days and that the beach will be temporarily evacuated.

The U.S. Navy once used Culebra for military activity and later moved operations to the nearby island of Vieques.



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